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Akai GX-280D-SS

Discrete 4-Channel Tape Deck (1973-76)

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Akai GX-280D-SS


The professional 4-channel tape deck is finally here. In the GX-280D-SS, Akai has combined 4 separate heads (including 2 of Akais exclusive GX heads) and 3 outstanding motors.

The results - magnificent musical clarity and unique sound quality. The GX-280D-SS has the best of everything; tape selector circuit, sound on sound, sound mixing, pause control and more.


Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, stereo/multi channel system

Heads: 1 x GX playback, 1 x GX record, 2 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Equalization: NAB

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.1% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 25kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 55dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%

Input: 100mV (line), 10mV (DIN), 0.5mV (mic)

Output: 1.23V (line), 0.4V (DIN)

Semiconductors: 68 x transistors, 52 x diodes, 4 x IC

Dimensions: 430 x 505 x 250mm

Weight: 22.4kg


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Reviewed Mar 05th, 2014 by JosEPh_II

This is probably the best 7 inch Reel to Reel Akai put out. With the Glass and Xrystal Play and Record heads, with proper maintenance, they last forever. The direct drive reel and capstan motors are real workhorses.
It has 4 chl or 2chl recording with sound on sound. So you can record a track and then come back and lay down more on that track.
In 2chl mode it has auto reverse for playback. But does not have reverse recording ( the reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 rating). I've owned one or more since 1974 and have only had to have repairs once. It is a reliable deck.



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